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How to Choose an Electrical and Lighting Contractor

There are a few steps that homeowners can take when deciding on hiring an electrical contractor. The electrical system of a home is one of the most important parts of a renovation project. Keep the following tips in mind when choosing an electrical contractor:

Tip 1 – Understand What’s Needed

It is very important for the home owner to have at least a general understanding of the tasks at hand. For example, is there an issue with faulty wiring? Does the entire home need re-wiring? Or does the homeowner want a more efficient electrical system? These are all questions that should be considered prior to reaching out to a professional electrical contractor. Also remember to be open minded—the contractor is the expert who can guide the home owner in the right direction for their property’s specific needs.

Tip 2 – Conduct Research

Conduct independent research to find the most creditable electrical contractors. This includes asking neighbors, family members or co-workers what their experience has been like working with a particular electrical contractor and if they were satisfied with the work completed. Make a working list of different contractors to contact and then narrow down that list based on the research findings. Thoroughly evaluate the contractor’s reputation, previous work complete and also check their rating with the Better Business Bureau. Also confirm their standing with the state’s Attorney General’s Office. Furthermore, make sure the contractor is fully licensed, certified and insured. The contractor should be able to furnish this documentation upon request. The best contractors are experienced and deliver excellent results on each project completed. Another consideration is whether or not the contractor is a member of the National Electrical Contractor’s Association (NECA). This agency represents many reputable electrical contractors and can be a good indicator of the quality and level of work that will be conducted.

Tip 3 – Obtain an Estimate

Obtain estimates from at least three to five contractors. An accurate estimate will detail the length of the project as well as various costs associated with the project to include labor, materials, suppliers and any other anticipated work such as work performed by subcontractors. Good estimates will also discuss details of the project such as what makes them different from competitors as well as any service guarantees that the company offers. This information will be a great starting point for comparing different contractors. Once a contractor has been chosen, sign a contract and read the fine print of that contract to have a full understanding of what the electrical job entails.

Tip 4 – Professional Advice & Expertise

Top electrical contractors will be able to accurately answer any questions about the project. The contractor should also have experience with the job at hand. This means they should have completed similar projects and be knowledgeable about the specific needs of the homeowner. Furthermore, the contractor should be knowledgeable in any required permits and building code requirements. This will ensure all of the legal requirements are met before the project even begins.

Tip 5 – Evaluate the Project

During the project be sure to continue to ask relevant questions and engage with the contractor and his team. Express any concerns immediately. A top electrical contractor will address these concerns and will provide solutions. Also, after the project has been completed do a final walk through of the premises with the contractor. If the contractor provided any guarantees or warranties (including manufacturer’s warranties) review the details of these terms with them. If any problem arises after the project is completed do not hesitate to contact the contractor again for further assistance. A reputable contractor will be more than willing to assist with any future concerns and be willing to return and fix any problems that arise after the project’s completion.

Overall, the chosen contractor should work hard to resolve the electrical issues of the home. They should work with conviction and professionalism, delivering a quality service that directly meets the homeowner’s electrical needs for complete customer satisfaction. The perfect electrical contractor can be obtained by following these simple tips.

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